shutterstock_148872464-300x200Fort Collins is known for its beautiful scenery, charming downtown, and family friendly atmosphere. But that family friendliness doesn’t end with your human relatives; it extends to your canine family members as well. Fort Collins has a great variety of places to walk your dog—here are four of our favorite destinations.

  • Reservoir Ridge Natural Area. This beautiful area is close to downtown Fort Collins and has more than nine miles of gorgeous hiking, about five miles of which is a soft surface and great for dogs. The area is remote enough that you (and your dog) can enjoy nature and wildlife, but the free parking and proximity to downtown make it a convenient location as well.
  • Cathy Fromme Prairie. With a 2.4-mile paved trail one way, this beautiful area features gorgeous wildflower accents and stunning views. The path is flat and wide, perfect for giving your dog lots of space to explore as you walk. If you and your pooch are up for it, you can continue past the end of the trail to connect to other nearby nature areas.
  • Spring Canyon Dog Park. Although it’s one of the most popular places to take dogs in Fort Collins, it is also one of the best. The community park has playgrounds and extensive trails, so you can get a walk in to stretch your and your dog’s legs. Once you get to the dog portion of the park, your dog can enjoy a large water area for swimming, nearly three acres to safely run off leash, and separate areas for large and small dogs. Although the park can get busy, most dog owners say it is rarely crowded.
  • Gateway Natural Area. This beautiful area features stunning mountain views alongside the Poudre River. Although it is only 15 minutes from Fort Collins, it seems like a world away. There are three main trails that are all dog-friendly, although the Black Powder Trail is fairly steep. The only downside is that you’ll have to buy a permit for $6 a day to park and visit the area.